Read Through the Bible in 2018

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

The Christmas season is finally upon us and the halls are decked, music is in the air, and plans for holiday parties and events are filling the calendars. It seems the ‘most wonderful time of the year,’ is also the busiest time of the year. The month of December flies by super-fast, and before you know it we will be waking up to a New Year with 2018 on the calendar. Before we reach the new year, there is an important activity to consider adding to your plans for 2018: Reading through the Bible.

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Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 10

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Our lesson this week explores the next category of believers addressed by Peter in his continuing exhortation to beloved sojourners who are to do good and thereby bring glory to God: wives and husbands. This comes a little closer to home than when Peter addressed slaves. There are still some aspects of cultural context which we will uncover so that we may better understand why he writes to wives the way he does, but, as Daniel Doriani points out, “we can’t dismiss Peter’s message as a temporary command, a concession, or an adaptation to the times that the church would outgrow.” Why? Because, “the message of Scripture always transcends its occasion.”[1]

 

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P2R: the Holiday Break Edition

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

It’s week 10 for Partnering to Remember 1 Peter and I know from talking with many of you that the blessings of memorizing this book are multiplying in your hearts and minds. I also know, and understand, that many of you have not made it to week 10 in your memory moleskins. If this is you, Do Not Be Discouraged! Some weeks are harder than others, our lives are busy, and when once fallen behind it is too easy to fall off entirely.

We are going to use our holiday break from Bible study to slow down with the memorizing. For those who have made it to week 10, continue to recite 1 Peter 1:1 through 3:12 every day, slowing down to examine the promises and the exhortations and where they apply in your life. How is the Holy Spirit challenging you or encouraging you? Where else are these truths popping up in your daily life as you interact with Scripture, with others, and with the Lord in prayer? Settle these passages more firmly in your heart and mind over the holidays, and prepare to pick back up with us and finish strong when the New Year begins.

For those of you who began later or who have fallen behind, use this time to continue moving forward through the memory work. Catch up to week 10 if you can, or as close as you can. If you don’t have someone to listen to your progress each week, find someone to help keep you accountable and encourage you! Call me or Jana if you can’t think of anyone else! Most importantly, don’t give up. We are in this together, and the Word hidden in your heart will be a blessing to you. I can write that with conviction because God’s Word tells me that it’s true.

Jana will be posting her thoughts and encouragement on week 10 early next week. In the meantime, and until next year, keep pressing in to God’s Word through memorizing 1 Peter.

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you.” (1 Peter 1:2)

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 9

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In our lesson this week we continued to dig into Peter’s admonition to us as beloved sojourners who are to do good and bring glory to God, this time in the context of our relationships in the workplace. Well, I say, “in the workplace,” but Peter is addressing slaves, for which we have no direct modern-day category. There are applications to employees in what he teaches, but there are also implications for everyone who finds themselves in a dependent or even helpless situation. We have all at one time or another been (or will be) recipients of injustice, whether in words or actions, at work or in other contexts. In our passage we find unjust suffering and endurance in entrusting ourselves to God to be prominent themes. These are themes which are necessary for us to understand as Christians, whether we meet them in the workplace or in other relationships. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 8

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Our passage this week is pivotal to the epistle of 1 Peter. Thus far, Peter has taught us about our gracious, pre-ordained salvation from God the Father; the brevity of our lives, and therefore our trials, in view of the eternality of our living hope and the inheritance kept in heaven for us; the holiness to which we are called—and enabled to live out—by the Holy Spirit; the eternal significance of God’s Word to our salvation; and our identity in Christ: our precious, suffering substitute, and eternal, glorious Lord. We are now going to learn what significance these spiritual realities hold for our daily lives. What difference does all this make when we wake up in the morning and go about our daily lives? Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 7

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

Welcome to chapter 2 of 1 Peter! This week in lesson 7, we looked at Peter’s call to us to put off our old community-destroying patterns of mind and heart by immersing ourselves in the Word of God and our new life in the covenant community. It is in this covenant community, as placed by God, that each of us finds our identity and value. Life in the Spirit requires believers to daily put sin to death and live to Christ. Being built into our covenant community is no mere aid to sanctification; it is necessary for full growth into Christ. Each individual believer needs the church, and the church needs them. Putting it more personally, sisters: you need the church, and the church needs you. Continue reading

Standing in the True Grace of God, Lesson 6

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By BARBARANNE KELLY|CONTRIBUTOR

In this week’s lesson we are studying 1 Peter 1:17-25, covering doctrinal concerns including the final judgement and the image of our salvation as a “ransom,” or “redemption,” paid for by the precious blood of Christ. Peter’s eternal view of our life and sufferings now is a strong encouragement to faith, and we explore our need for continual reminders to look beyond the now and set our hope fully on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Continue reading